Palacio Pena, Pena Palace Sintra

Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena) in Sintra

Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena) is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese Romantic architecture. Originally the palace was the former Hieronymus Monastery of Our Lady of Pena, built by King Manuel 1...
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Castelo de São Jorge – St. George’s Castle in Lisbon

Visiting Lisbon? It’s hard to miss Castelo de São Jorge (St. George’s Castle) high on a hill overlooking the city. Built in the mid-11th century, when the Moors ruled Portugal, this fort was built on what was considered to be the most difficult spot to access in the area. It’s purpose was to house ...
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Tavira Castle

The Castle of Tavira sits high in the center of city. Although now just a shell, it sits in tribute to a greater monument built in the 11th century by the Moors. Today, visitors can roam the grounds. A manicured garden now replaces the old castle parade. It is possible to climb the walls...
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Alcoutim Castle

The Alcoutim Castle was built in the 14th century to defend the border from invaders. It sits atop a hill overlooking the Guardiana River and Spain. Inside the walls of the castle are several interesting attrac...
Castelo Castro Marim

Castro Marim Castle

Built in the thirteenth century by King Afonso III, Castro Marim Castle sits on a high hilltop overlooking the mouth of the Guardiana river. It is considered by scholars as one of the most significant monuments of medieval Portuguese in the region. The castle shaped is an irregular quadrangle...
Castelo Silves Algarve

Silves Castle

Silves Castle is the largest, most important and best preserved of the Algarve. It was built in the 11th century of red sandstone and mud. The Moors seized control not long after and built much of the core foundation of the complex. There are eleven square towers...
Paderne Castle

Paderne Castle

The Castle of Paderne sits in a dominant position on a hill next to the Quarteira River. It can be seen by passing motorists on the A22. It was built in the late 11th to early 12th centuries by Arabs and considered one of the best examples of Arab military architecture in the Iberian peninsula.